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With energy bills rising and energy consumption increasing in the UK, we meet people in the north west who are creatively reducing or producing energy, in order to save money. We also investigate energy cheats and Michelle Ackerly challenges two families to cut their energy bills - with surprising results.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Mon 20 Jan 2014 19:30
BBC One North West

Meet the energy inspectors

Meet the energy inspectors

As energy prices increase, a growing number of people are choosing to steal their gas and electricity.


For some it comes down to being cash-strapped, but others are prepared to cheat the system whilst also endangering the lives of neighbours.


There is also an increasing number of unscrupulous people willing to offer a service to tamper with meters for a charge of between £10-£500.


Watch the Inside Out video feature on the BBC News website.

Energy theft

Energy theft

Criminal gangs are helping homeowners and landlords avoid paying for power by "hotwiring" supplies for as little as £10, BBC Inside Out has learned.


The energy thieves operating in London can tamper with 15 meters in a day, an investigation found.



Read the exclusive Inside Out story on the BBC News website.


Role Contributor
PresenterDianne Oxberry
ReporterMichelle Ackerley
Executive ProducerDeborah Van Bishop

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